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New Celebrations

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By: Alexei Panshin
Formats: Adobe eBook (828 KB), Rocket eBook (419 KB), Mobipocket (502 KB), MS Reader (455 KB)
Wordcount: 130,000
Price: $6.99

Publisher: ElectricStory.com 1/1900

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Many books have been hailed as "in the tradition of" The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Not this one. It came first.

It may, however, be something of a precursor. A space-operatic comedy of manners and meditation on life, a cheerful noir thriller, New Celebrations comprises the first three, and so far only, novels about the enigmatic Anthony Villiers, a young man who trails both a mysterious past and a six-foot furred toad companion whose papers are not in order. From a space-station gambling resort, to a nice camping venue in a nature reserve, to the masquerade on Delbalso where arboreal peels grunt like clockwork, Villiers tours many odd social circles of the interstellar Nashuite Empire. Hounded by want of cash, by assassins and, worse, bureaucrats, he remains polite, has fun, and makes an impression. Meet him and see.

New Celebrations features cover art by Cory and Catska Ench. See more of their work at their gallery website.

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The Mad Hatter rates this title as Excellent
Alexei Panshin should be shot... -- 04/12/2007

Or maybe whipped with a wet noodle until he writes the long awaited fourth book in this series. I first stumbled across Masque World over 30 years ago (1975 or 1976) in a used book store in Aurora Ontario called "The Book Nook." Bought it, read it, fell in love with the characters and concept. Ordered reprints of "Star Well" and "The Thurb Revolution" when they became available. Loved them too. Wasted several years (until the middle 80's) looking for the "Universal Pantograph", only to find out that it had never been published. </br> </br> "Rite of Passage" may have won a Nebula. You know what - it's not half as good as the Anthony Villiers novels. Maybe not a quarter as good. </br> </br> Alexei - give your long suffering fans a break and write the damned book! Heck - I'm pushing 50 now, I'm not in good health, and I'd really appreciate it if the thing was published before either you or I pass on. </br> </br> Wayne aka The Mad Hatter